King James' School


Head of Department: Mrs R Woodfine

Music is part of the Expressive Arts Faculty (Art, Music & Drama). This Faculty aims to develop realistic and workable links between each area whilst maintaining the strengths of these discrete subjects. There is opportunity to join with Art and Drama in ventures such as Arts Festivals like ‘Art on a Summer’s Evening’, joint residential trips, combined Arts projects undertaken by the Expressive Arts Club, or in musicals of which the most recent were ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in 2016, ‘Blood Brothers’ in 2017 and ‘Grease’ in 2018, all of these with a live orchestra made up of student musicians.

The Music Department offers a tremendous variety of musical experiences, both inside the classroom and through an extensive extra-curricular programme. “Music For All” is our catchphrase and students are encouraged to develop their performing skills on an instrument taught by one of our ten peripatetic staff, join one of the junior ensembles, or sing in one of the choirs. During the first three years all students undertake a course that is based upon National Curriculum guidelines with work being topic-centred. Students learn about composing and appraising through listening and performing as well as music technology. In Years 10 and 11 students can opt to study the subject to GCSE with a Sixth Form course offered at A Level in Music.

A wide range of instruments is available for class work including twenty Apple Mac computers, using Garageband and Logic X, numerous keyboards and a recording studio with professional level microphones and stage box. There are opportunities for two formal concerts per year and informal concerts, workshops and trips and we are often asked to provide music for charity and social events. Our reputation for quality music-making is known county-wide. Further details of extra-curricular activities are available to all students at the start of the year. There are no auditions and we encourage students to get involved straight away in September as rehearsals start in the second week back. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Head of Music (Michael Barker) directly at school.

Teaching Staff:

Mrs R Woodfine 
Mrs S Jackson